Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas

Welcome to my transitioning summer to fall kitchen ideas tour. I’m so excited to be part of the Transitioning From Summer to Fall Blog Hop hosted by my friend Amber from Follow The Yellow Brick Home. If you’re stopping by from Paula’s Virginia Sweet Pea, I’m so happy to have you join us. Love those dried hydrangeas!

The idea of transitional decorating puts me at ease this time of year. It’s what I call setting the stage. I’m just not quite ready to jump into full pumpkin mode yet. Once the real pumpkins and mums hit the farmer’s market, I’ll be ready.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas for a brown kitchen.


View of kitchen counter with large lantern and plants.


A few years ago I gave away most of my fall decor, including all my faux pumpkins. There’s something about decorating with the real thing, even if it’s on a smaller scale, that works better for me.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with a light filled space.


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Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas

My transitional decorating starts with the chalkboard and the DIY moss covered letter I made last spring. Is it weird to say I’m crushing on these mini naturally dried gourds? Well no matter how it sounds, I’m in love with these little cuties.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with a gourd garland..



Mini natural gourd garland on a chalkboard.


Apparently I have a thing for gourd garlands this year. I also have one that’s green and orange adorning the mantel, which you can view in the post Summer To Fall Mantel.

Vintage Vignettes

Now for more ideas on transitional decorating in the kitchen. Counter space is rather limited but I do have a little room for a vintage vignette on the counter next to fridge.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas - plant, vintage scale and Audubon print.


For a casual look, a framed Audubon book page leans up against the backsplash. Next to it is a rusty scale that belonged to my dad and a potted fern for color. The scale will make the perfect platform for piling on mini pumpkins soon.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with vintage ironstone.


My kitchen tends to look really dark with all the wood cabinets, so I decorate with as much white as possible. The ironstone pieces lighten up the counters and create a handy spot for storing utensils.

Entertaining Area

I’m so excited that we finally have grown up looking bar stools. The natural color of the bistro bar stools contrast nicely with the navy colored wall. The wicker seats also add a different tone and texture that the room needs.


Neutral bistro bar stools with navy wall and kitchen.


This is the spot where we gather, when friends and family visit. It’s as if we don’t want to get too far from the food or miss any juicy conversations. I have one more chair on order so we won’t be fighting over these two.


Bistro barstools at the bar with navy wall.


Adding Color

Did you spot the addition of copper pots hanging on the end of the cabinets? They were completely forgotten in a cabinet until recently. The polished copper looks so pretty adding a bit of shine to that side of the kitchen.

For now they are hanging on nails until I find the right kind of hooks. Maybe I’ll remember to use them, now that they’re on display.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with art.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with copper posts hanging from cabinets.


Plants are another way to add color in the kitchen for fall. The fern from the mantel has a new home in the lantern on the bar along with leftover gourds.


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas with lanterns and plants.


Transitional decorating also means bring the outdoors in. Fresh bundles of herbs smell amazing hanging in the kitchen.


Rooster blackboard with hanging herbs.


Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration that you can use right now!


Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas Tour


For ideas on autumn stripes and flowers see my recent post Easy Fall Tablescape.


Simple and easy fall tablescape


Next on the blog hop is Shannon from Belle Bleu Interiors. It’s always a treat to see her French inspired home. All the links to the blog hop are below so you can click through for tons of ideas.



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46 thoughts on “Transitioning Summer To Fall Kitchen Ideas

  1. Carol says:

    Michelle, love how you used your copper pans. We have several also and they are so pretty when polished! Your black rooster sign with the herbs is so cute. Love the lantern and of course the moss~covered letters. Such great ideas.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      I hope to find a few more of the mini copper pots to add to the collection. Maybe a trip to Canton in the fall. Thank you so much Carol for your sweet comments!

  2. Lora Bloomquist says:

    Michelle, I absolutely love that rooster chalkboard with the fresh rosemary hanging on it. I need to snip some of my herbs and hang them in my kitchen; great idea. Always love your amazing photography!

  3. Amber Ferguson says:

    Michelle I always am inspired by your simple and elegant style. I have been getting rid of more and more of my store bought seasonal decor in favor of simpler, natural decor and just using my vintage items in new ways. Everytime I see your home it makes me want to declutter even more to achieve the simplified and classic style you have.

    I love the lantern with gourds and of course the fresh herbs. I also love copper year round but it is absolutely perfect for fall.

    You have shared some beautiful ideas for transitioning between the seasons. Thank you so much for joining the hop!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      I do have a simple style but I really wish I had more horizontal surfaces for seasonal decor. Maybe I can find the right kind of shelves for the kitchen. I love the one you have behind your kitchen table.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments Amber, and for inviting me to the hop! I love diving into all the inspiration!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      The simple approach to decorating the last few years, seems to working better for me. Of course the garlands are just plain fun!

  4. Chloe says:

    Your vignettes are all so perfect for hinting at the change of seasons! I love the idea of tucking a framed picture along the backsplash in your home! That is brilliant! The fern tucked inside the lantern is lovely, too!

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